If you love good movies and historic buildings, you might want to plan a visit to Port Townsend sometime soon. The Rose Theatre, a century-old former vaudeville house turned arthouse cinema, has long been a draw — and now, it’s got something new (and old). I was in town last week for a short vacation, and Rose owner Rocky Friedman very kindly gave me a tour of the Starlight Room: a new screening room located on the third floor of the historic building next door to the Rose, which houses the Silverwater Cafe on its ground floor. The Starlight Room itself is gorgeous — high ceilings, big windows (curtained, of course, when movies are playing), a graceful assortment of soft-colored vintage couches and chairs, chandeliers, the whisper of history. There’s an elegant little bar outside the main room, where you can get a cocktail or a Silverwater snack, and the whole experience just feels first-class. The Starlight Room (a 21-and-over facility) officially opened just a few months ago, with screenings several nights a week, and I hear it’s caught on well with the locals — particularly with events like next Wednesday’s, which combines a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western (“A Fistful of Dollars”) with all-you-can-eat spaghetti night downstairs at the Silverwater. (Free popcorn if you’re wearing cowboy/girl regalia.) I can’t wait to go back and see a movie there. Here’s more information, in case you’re heading that way.
A community gathers in the Starlight Room, at Port Townsend’s Rose Theatre (photo by Edmund Lowe Photography).